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BSU volleyball loses conference opener to U-Mary

The Bemidji State volleyball team was unable to string points together Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss (18-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22) to U-Mary in Bismarck.

The Beavers fall to 3-6 (0-1 NSIC) on the season. U-Mary improves to 2-7 (1-0 NSIC) on the year with the victory. Tuesday was the conference opener for both teams.

"I'm still a believer in what this team can and will accomplish in all points of the game," said BSU head coach Wayne Chadwick. "We have the skill and personnel to compete in matches. As a team, we have flashes of brilliance. We just need to work on excelling in each phase of the game at the same time. Their are moments where we pass well but we struggle on the attack. We have the opposite at times, as well. I just hope we can find some more consistency in our game."

Bethany Thompson who came into the match as BSU's leader in kills averaging 2.86 per game, continued to lead the Beavers as she tallied a team-high 14 kills and hit .273 for the game.

Rachel Craig had seven kills and hit .700 on the night. Wadena-Deer Creek High School teammate Kelsi Crawford added 10 kills. BSU struggled offensively with only a .136 hitting percentage and 30 errors.

Jessi-Beth McCannell tallied a season-high 45 assists on the night. Laura Carlson had 17 digs.

U-Mary had a strong night on the attack hitting .315 as a team. Junior outside hitter Julie Paradine led the way with 18 kills.

The Beavers return to Bemidji to open the home season this weekend. BSU hosts MSU, Moorhead Friday at 7 p.m. and Minnesota-Crookston at 3 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.